Academic Leadership Journal


Jeanne Moore


Since their establishment, schools have played a central role in the socialization process of children. Children and youth of diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and varying ability are brought together in large numbers on a daily basis. For many students, the hours they spend in school are the best hours of the day to develop behaviorally and academically. The schools are responsible for helping these individuals develop critical skills and essential life skills in order to live successful lives. The repertoire of abilities goes further than the slender band of word-and-number skills that schools traditionally focus on. By giving students the opportunity to improve, these educational institutions have an enormous opportunity for gaining shared and collective values that help children sustain a safe and healthy society.



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